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Raise Your Hand for Equity in Education


Teacher shortages, lack of diversity, outdated policies, inequitable access - learn how to be a part of the evolution of the education system at the 小妲己直播 School of Education.

A history major, Josiah's minor "allows me to understand the facilitation of learning, children's learning power, and teachers' strength. I was also exposed to antiracist pedagogy, an introduction I鈥檓 sure to keep with me forever because I believe it is the necessary crux for building a better world."

He traveled to Senegal with the class听Historical and Transatlantic Perspectives on Antiracist Teaching. "The experiential learning course and trip changed my life! Senegal was amazing, and the country welcomed me with open arms and a tight embrace. As the sole undergraduate student in the class, I absorbed as much as possible. I experienced history with my eyes, feet, and hands. Amazing!" Upon graduating, he will continue at AU to complete his master鈥檚 degree.听Learn about our education minors here.

"I'm Emilia, a graduate student and proud member of SOE's Special Education and Learning Disabilities (SELD) Master of Arts program. I was born and raised in Ecuador and earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology.听I chose the SELD program because I firmly believe that inclusion solves many global issues. Providing students with the opportunity to thrive regardless of their circumstances is a responsibility I feel passionate about spreading worldwide. The SELD MA program stands out for its unique and unwavering commitment to fostering inclusive, antiracist, and well-rounded individuals guided by outstanding professors and educators. So far, I've been learning about diverse teaching strategies, educational policies, and creating inclusive learning environments."

SOE Dean Named an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow

The Aspen Institute announced SOE Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy as one of its 2023 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows -听20 leaders from across the United States who are transforming systems so that all children and families can thrive.听With Ascend and their cohort, these Fellows will develop an action plan that aligns with their organizational goals and individual leadership journeys to advance the north star of intergenerational economic mobility and well-being for children and families.听

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How Book Bans Impact K-12 Students

Watch this recorded webinar where experts weighed in on the history of banned books, what is happening politically today, and the potential impact on students in the future. They took audience questions at the end. (58:56)

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Combat Religious Harassment

Read the guide for听school leaders to protect Arab and Muslim students and this related听piece in听Education Week.

Dr. Robert Shand in his SOE office.


Dr. Robert Shand Wins Early Career Award

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School of Education Student Lily Serber

Lily Serber '24 Promotes Literacy in Rome While Studying Abroad

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Alaysia Bookal 鈥22

New MAT Residency Program

New $1.8M grant enables teacher candidates to spend an academic year under the direction of a master teacher.

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Dr. Francesca Smith presenting at CPED

Alumna Wins Prestigious Award

Dr. Francesca Smith 鈥23 won the 2023 CPED Dissertation in Practice of the Year award.

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School of Education Students in Senegal

Students Travel to Senegal to Study the Impact of Racism

Exploring Community and Decolonization in Africa

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  • Dr. Amaarah DeCuir, senior professorial lecturer, published this guide to responding to religious harassement in schools in Muslim Matters, and this piece in Education Week about how they must support their Arab and Mustlim students.
  • Dr. Jennifer Steele, professor, about the increasing partisanship in the U.S. on education issues in the segment "鈥楺uantum-Leap Change鈥: How School Choice, Book Bans and Student Loans Are Taking Center Stage in 2024."听
  • Dr. Antonio Ellis, scholar-in-residence and director of the Institute for Education Equity and Justice in the School of Education,听听Diverse: Issues In Higher Educationabout how accessibility and belonging are cornerstones of diversity, equity and inclusion in education. (Oct听22, 2023)
  • Professor听Dr. Jennifer L. Steele听wrote听鈥,鈥 in Education Economics. [Oct 13, 2023]
  • Senior Professorial Lecturer听Dr. Antonio L. Ellis听published "" about the experience of Black scholarship and faculty in a predominantly White academic spaces. [Oct听7, 2023]
  • Professor Dr. Jennifer L. Steele wrote an听听in听Fast Company听about how AI may impact economic inequality. [Oct 6, 2023]
  • Director of the EdD Program and Professorial Lecturer听Dr. William N. Thomas IV, Senior Professorial Lecturer Dr. Samantha Cohen, and Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Dr. Cheyenne Batista '23 co-presented "Co-Teaching as an opportunity to enact social justice and create humanizing听communities" at the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate's in Florida. [Oct 5, 2023]听
  • Dr. Eugene Pringle, Jr., Senior Professorial Lecturer, on why educators must be on the front line of social activism, emphasized during teacher training. [Sep 25, 2023]
  • Acting Co-Dean Corbin M. Campbell's research was cited in on the value of "good teaching." [Sep 20, 2023]
  • Senior Professorial Lecturer听Dr. Antonio L. Ellis听published an op-ed in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about the role of the Black church in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action. [Sep 14, 2023]
  • Senior Professorial Lecturer Dr. Phelton Moss was featured in this about how students and college are reacting to the affirmative action ruling. [Sep 7, 2023]
  • Dr. Eugene Pringle, Jr., Senior Professorial Lecturer, delivered the keynote address at the Community Action Organization of Western New York's school year kickoff. 听The address听titled "The Race"听provided inspiration and practical strategies for a successful year in efforts to build with intentionality, engage community and families, and engage in purposeful self-care. [Aug 25, 2023]
  • There is hope from the Biden-Harris administration to continue to build a diverse student body, says听Senior Professorial Lecturer Dr. Phelton Moss in this Inside Higher Ed opinion. [Aug 21, 2023]
  • Professor Dr. Jennifer L. Steele was interviewed on CGTN America about how inflation is affecting families during back-to-school shopping season. [Aug 17, 2023]
  • Read or listen to this EdSurge podcast where Dean Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy听offered her opinion on why the time has come to reset college legacy admissions practices.听[Aug听1, 2023]听
  • Nearly 15%听of children are special education students鈥攁 46-year high.听SOE Adjunct Professor Brandi Smith听was highlighted in an Education Week article about the impact of a good individualized education program (IEP). [July 27, 2023]
  • Senior Professorial Lecturer听Dr. Phelton Cortez Moss in this piece by ABC News. [July 24, 2003]
  • Professor Dr. Jennifer L. Steele published an听op-ed on teaching students to do what ChatGTP cannot in The Hill.听[July 20, 2023]
  • Dean Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy on what the Affirmative Action decision by SCOTUS may mean in higher education. [July 13, 2023]
  • Adjunct Professor Dr. Cheyenne Batista 鈥22 was highlighted for her award-winning dissertation in the AU Alumni news. [July 6, 2023]
  • SOE鈥檚 Associate Dean Corbin Campbell was about her participation as lead researcher in a new advisory panel to define, support, and elevate college teaching. [July 6, 2023]
  • Professor and Director of the Child Development Program Dr. Vivian Vasquez was quoted in making the case for teaching social media literacy in schools. [June 19, 2023]
  • Lynne Brenner Ganek,听SOE adjunct instructor听and former elementary- and middle-school teacher, was interviewed about her work on "Reading Rainbow,"听the children's television show that became the third-longest running children's show in PBS history and won 26 Emmy Awards. [June 8, 2023]
  • Dr. Brian L. McGowan,听Provost Associate Professor in the School of Education, was 听article about what commuter students need to know. [June 6, 2023]
  • SOE Sr. Professorial Lecturer听Dr. Phelton Mosswas interviewed about the importance of engaging with Black boys, even if it's over their footwear. [June 2, 2023]


  • EdD students Magen Barnett '21, Dylan Ravdin '23, and Randi Stone '24 to audiences in Columbus and Philadelphia听on dyslexia and instructional methods. [Oct 14, 2023]
  • EdD student听Aneesah Blount was a She is听a kindergarten teacher at Van Ness Elementary School. [Oct 14, 2023]
  • EdD Class of 2023 graduate and Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Dr. Cheyenne Batista, along with Director of the EdD Program and Professorial Lecturer听Dr. William N. Thomas IV, and听Senior Professorial Lecturer Dr. Samantha Cohen,听co-presented "Co-Teaching as an opportunity to enact social justice and create humanizing听communities" at the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate's in Florida. [Oct 5, 2023]听
  • The Carnegie Project on Education Doctorate (CPED) recognized Dr. Francesca Smith 鈥23 EdD for her dissertation, ""听[Sep 11, 2023]
  • Dr. Amanda Tatum 鈥22 was featured in the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) journal Impacting Education听talking about the exploration of teachers' well-being through compassion, the focus of her dissertation. [Aug. 7, 2023]
  • Dr. Cheyenne Batista 鈥22 was highlighted for her award-winning dissertation in the AU Alumni news. [July 6, 2023]
  • Dr. Gary Deshun Hamilton EdD 鈥23听gave a rousing graduate student听, "The Bold Promise of Tomorrow" at SOE's听听Commencement Ceremony.听[May 17, 2023]
  • Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) MEd program student听Bailey Haines听will serve as President of SOE's听, alongside fellow EPL students听Angeliki Paper-Kosiori听(Vice President),听Kissiah Valle听(Dir. of Finance),听Derrick Brown听(Dir. of Communications), and others.听[May 17, 2023]
  • AU education alum听Florence Elizabeth Carmichael Adams听will turn 100 this August. Read her grandson Jason Campbell's fascinating听Washington Post听, "My Grandma Has Always Made the Hardest Things Seem Simple 鈥 Even Living to 100."听[May 17, 2023]
  • SOE secondary education majors听Alli Sattler听and听Nathaniel Smith听presented research projects virtually in conjunction with AU's Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning (CTRL) Student Partners听. Sattler听听"Increasing Inclusivity in STEM Classrooms" and Smith听听"Varying Means of Participation to Support All Learners."听[May 17, 2023]
  • Emily Warshaw, a student in the Master of Arts in Special Education program, was quoted in an article about her taking part in the Future of Work Institute that took place in April. [May 17, 2023]
  • Amanda Muniz听as the AU Recipient of the听Maryland Association of Teacher Educators - Distinguished Teacher Candidate Award for 22-23.听[May 17, 2023]
  • EdD 2022 alum Dr. Cheyenne Batista听听the 2023 Division A Outstanding Dissertation Award at the American Educational Research Association (AERA)听听in Chicago. [April 15, 2023]
  • Shareen Fernanders听(EdD '23),听Gary Hamilton听(EdD, '23), and SOE faculty听听chapters to the听,听Critical Literacy and Its Impact on Black Boys鈥 Reading Readiness. [April 15, 2023]
  • Dr. Cheyenne Batista听(EdD 鈥22) was awarded the prestigious American Education Research Association (AERA) Division A 2023 Award for Outstanding Dissertation听, 鈥鈥業 Am Not Scary. I Am Strong. There鈥檚 a Difference.鈥 Disrupting Misogynoir and Transforming Interpersonal Conflict for Black Women Education Leaders: A Multiple Case Study.鈥 [March 17, 2023]
  • Lynne Brenner Ganek, SOE Advisory Board member and adjunct faculty member, presented to the听Producing Multi-Platform Content听class at Canisius College. Students explored and produced an episode of an original podcast series, a video trailer for the podcast series, and related social media content.听[March 17, 2023]
  • Students听Francesca Smith听(EdD '23) and听Madelyn Smith听(MEd '25) presented at the March 2023 Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo. Francesca presented the poster, "Leveraging Biliteracy for Equitable Outcomes in Dual Language English Reading Instruction." Madelyn presented听the paper, "Supporting Literacy Identity through Culturally Responsive Practices in Reading Intervention.鈥澨齕March 17, 2023]
  • In March, the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference included SOE ITEP program alum听Adam Medadi听(MA '22) and faculty听Dr. Elizabeth A. Worden, Dr. Michael Gibbons, Dr. Jisun Jeong, and as members of its planning committee and as presenters and participants.听[March 17, 2023]
  • 听Apple's听Science of Reading听podcast,听"," featuring听Jasmine Rogers听(EdD '23). [February 15, 2023]

  • SOE Advisory Board member听Tiffany Williams听(MA, SPA '07)听of Martha鈥檚 Table, a DC-based nonprofit organization focused on developing strong children, strong families and strong communities. [February 15, 2023]

  • Dr. Shayna Cook听(EdD '22/MEd '14) was recently appointed to Assistant State Superintendent for the听's Division of Early Childhood. [February 15, 2023]

  • Dr. Afie Mirshah-Nayar听(MAT-ESOL), Principal of听听(MCPS), is a finalist for the Mark Mann award, annually presented to exceptional Montgomery County Public Schools administrators. [February 15, 2023]

  • Taylor Myers听(MEd '22)听听Future of Work event sponsored by Deloitte and was interviewed about his experience. [January 18, 2023]

  • Our Future Teacher Tutors program, a partnership with DC Public Schools that seeks to boost below-grade-level readers, was听. Quoting student听Isabel Chae听and SOE faculty and staff, it听听that amid labor shortages, hiring from teacher prep programs like ours could add half a million new tutor candidates nationally. [January 18, 2023]

  • Ann Friedman MAT '98听received the听, recognizing her as both a role model and a powerful example of an AU Changemaker for her impactful work in the arena of literacy. She is the founder and CEO of听, a language arts museum where words and literacy come to life. Read a听听and an听听article about how important words are to her. [November 17, 2022]

  • Dr. Cheyenne E. Batista 鈥22 won the听'2022 CPED Dissertation in Practice of the Year' award. Read more. [September 26, 2022]
  • Students with Education Minor听Win DHS Award.听AU students and alum created tools to prevent targeted violence.听Read more.听[July 1, 2022]